Prickly pears, the season nearly over …

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Prickly pear cactus plants this week are still heavy with fruit and it must be the most under-utilized fruit here. I am also guilty of not having made the most of them and i keep promising myself to try the paddles as an ingredient. The simpliest way to use them is by peeling them to extract their delicious sweet juice and if passed though a mouli you will get no bitterness from crushed seeds.

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On this month’s airline magazine, I featured more summer fruit.

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And if you have prickly pears in your garden, remember they are the last of the season, just for another week or so. Simply wear gloves and it is an effortless job. You will find recipes using prickly pears on this blog.

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(Prickly Pear Photo Emmanuel Croset)